Oranges at Rooiberg farm revolutionise business

Kubota tractorsWhen Cradock farmer, William Copeman, talks about the oranges that have ‘revolutionised’ his business, he’s not referring to the fruit. He’s talking about his fleet of Kubota tractors!

‘I changed from a well-known brand to Kubota about four years ago because of price and the wet plate clutch feature and I have never looked back. The general efficiency of these tractors and the backup service that I get from the Cradock Kubota dealer, Fatty’s Mechanical Repairs, has made a real difference to my operation,’ says Copeman.

There are many features that make Kubota great, none more so than the unique wet plate clutch feature that Copeman mentions. Kubota transmissions incorporate a 4-speed conventional all-synchromesh gear set with a 2-speed range option and an optional creeper-gear set. The driver selects the ground speed using a normal gear lever but Kubota engineers have added a system of wet plate clutches to engage the output shafts to the wheels and PTO systems. This eliminates the normal dry plate clutch and allows for the tractor to function much more effectively.  ‘This is ground-breaking engineering which is not found in other makes of tractor,’ says Deon Engelke Kubota brand manager at Smith Power Equipment (SPE) distributors of Kubota in Southern Africa.

William Copeman-CradockAt Rooiberg Farm, where Copeman farms maize, lucerne, and Angora goats and sheep he has two Kubota M8540s, a Kubota M9540 and, his most recent purchase, a Kubota M130X. ‘I have been impressed with the power to weight ratio and the fuel efficiency of the smaller tractors and will no doubt experience the same with the M130X,’ he says.Based on global reports and the fact that the M130X is one of Kubota’s best sellers worldwide, Copeman will not be disappointed. With increased horsepower, enhanced management control and exceptional versatility, the Kubota M130X can comfortably take on the toughest of jobs. This 96.9kW workhorse has a 4 cylinder V6108 Common Rail direct injection engine with turbocharger and intercooler. It has 16 forward and 16 reverse gears with the hydraulic multi-plate wet disc clutch.

Over and above this, the M130X boasts some unusual and important features including rounded over-sized fenders made from ultra-durable FRP fibreglass, which provide increased protection from mud, dirt, dust and other flying debris while giving the tractor a more streamlined appearance.

Copeman family-CradockThe wide, unobstructed view from the cab is another attention grabber in the M130X. Kubota has maximised the glass area around the frameless doors and has also concealed the pillars. A bottom-hinged windshield wiper enhances visibility by wiping the lower glass area right up to the front tyres.

‘Apart from all the features on the tractors and the excellent service that I get, I am most impressed with Kubota’s attention to detail. One feels that their equipment is designed by people who really know and understand a farmer’s needs,’ concluded Copeman.

For more information phone Smith Power Equipment on 011 284 2000


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